Tuesday, May 7, 2013

So--What Do You Do for Fun?

As writers we get so wrapped up in the writing, editing and promoting that sometimes we forget to take a breath and live.

My latest, Dangerous Impulses, available from Amazon in paper or e-book.

 One thing I've found, many of the things that I consider fun are writing related. For instance, I consider going to a conference fun. But the reason it is fun is because I know I'll be seeing writing friends and making new ones.

I went to a Central Coast Sisters in Crime meeting in San Luis Obispo--which meant a nearly three hour drive and two nights in a hotel. I have lots of friend in that chapter I haven't seen for awhile. Besides the meeting which featured a crime scene investigator, we all had lunch together--and that evening dinner with two other couples. (Both the females are mystery writers and good friends.)

CC SinC after lunch. The red head is me. Love these guys.
But what else is there that I do for fun? Hubby and I love movies and we try to go at least two times a month. We're picky though and try to only pay for movies that will be more fun to see on the big screen. We usually combine our movie going with a restaurant meal and have our favorite places. Because we live in a rural area we don't have a lot of choices and tend to favor the Thai and Japanese restaurants.

We also subscribe to Netflix and watch a lot of the series that way--a year later than everyone else, but doesn't make any difference to us.

We have two big weddings coming up--both are for grandsons and their chosen ones. The first will be the end of May. It's our youngest son's eldest boy, Nathan. The wedding is being held up in the mountains at a lodge right in the middle of an old growth forest--giant Sequoias. Most of the wedding party and guests will be staying at the lodge or in cabins. (I feel a setting for a mystery coming on. I'll be taking notes and photos.)

The following weekend is our youngest daughter's middle son's wedding. Gregg is an Aspen police officer. Since both he and his wife came from California and have many friends here, the wedding is in Montecito in Gregg's uncle's backyard.

Besides loving weddings, both will be like family reunions with plenty of relatives to enjoy. And yes, I know that will be fun.

Of course I read for fun too, though not nearly as much as I used to, all this writing and promoting take up a lot of time. I tend to stick to books written by my friends or ones someone has asked me to review.

What do you do for fun?



Jacqueline Seewald said...

Yoga sounds like fun, and healthy for body and mind. I just take long walks. It helps me think and relax.

Susan Elizabeth said...

My fun is usually writing related, too. For instance, I attended a lot of the Center for Fiction's Crime Fiction Academy Master Classes, which gave me the opportunity to meet Dennis Lehane, Harlen Coben, Jeffrey Deaver, and Val McDermind. Luckily, my mom is a mystery fan, too, so we make it a mother-daughter outing.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

What a great group of authors. I've "met" them too, but they'd never remember me.

Susan Elizabeth said...

I guarantee they won't remember me either, but they've given me (and you, I'm sure) plenty of memories to hold onto! They were all so interesting in their own ways. All of them very funny!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I think that the funny comes out as sort of a release.